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New Director Named at National Sustainable Structures Center
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Alison A. Dillon

Alison A. Dillon has been named director of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s National Sustainable Structures Center, a groundbreaking force in the field of building science and energy-efficiency training.

Effective July 1, Dillon – assistant director since 2011 – will be the main point of contact for the department, provide supervisory responsibilities for the team, and take the leadership role in working with NSSC’s clients and partners. She succeeds John E. Manz, who transitions to a role as director of special initiatives at NSSC.

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Stars, Stripes and Smiles Mark Children’s Pre-Fourth Cavalcade

A patriotic pair test their training wheels.

A patriotic pair test their training wheels.

The center’s youngest clients join the parade.

The center’s youngest clients join the parade.

A child waves to an adoring crowd.

A child waves to an adoring crowd.

A child makes friends with the camera as she rides by.

A child makes friends with the camera as she rides by.

Concentrating on the task at hand

Concentrating on the task at hand

Boys and girls from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center celebrated Independence Day by dressing themselves and their bikes (and trikes) in red, white and blue for a  parade in the center of campus on Wednesday. A throng of employee fans cheered on the children as they circled a lawn between the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center and the Thompson Professional Development Center.

Biology Professor Publishes International Resources

David L. Evans

David L. Evans, recently retired professor of biology (anatomy and physiology) at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has added publications to his long list of educational resources used by professors around the world.

Evans coauthored an instructors’ resource contained in “Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications and Issues” (Fifth Edition), a test bank for human biology published by Goodenough/McGuire. His coauthor for the resource was Mark A. Sarvary, director of Investigative Biology Laboratories at Cornell University.

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Plastics Workshop Proves Popular to Industry Professionals

At left, Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager for the Thermoforming Center of Excellence at Penn College, watches lab assistant Jacob W. Fry evaluate the wall thickness of a container produced in the thermoforming lab.

Summer is anything but vacation time for the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The PIRC recently hosted 34 industry professionals from 10 states and Canada for its Sixth Annual National Hands-On Thin-Gauge/Roll-Fed Thermoforming Workshop.

The three-day course featured presentations from industry experts and hands-on sessions focusing on materials testing and operating and troubleshooting thermoforming equipment.

“It’s rewarding that this annual workshop attracts a variety of top experts and professionals from the plastics industry,” said Christopher J. Gagliano, PIRC program and technical service manager. “The interest in the workshop is a testament to our talented staff and the excellent facilities we enjoy at Penn College.”

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Campus Mosaic Project Enhances Art of Seeing

With a stretch of sidewalk as his studio ...

With a stretch of sidewalk as his studio …

... and scaffolding as his office ...

… and scaffolding as his office …

... David A. Stabley creates a 400-square-foot conversation piece along West Third Street.

… David A. Stabley creates a 400-square-foot conversation piece along West Third Street.

The instructor of ceramics and wood sculpture who shepherded the Centennial mosaic along the campus mall is creating another piece of outdoor art at Penn College: an abstract landscape on the heavily traveled north side of the Hager Lifelong Education Center. At 38 feet long and 11 feet high, and enjoying prime visibility adjacent to Bardo Gym and across from the Klump Academic Center, the piece has attracted much attention from passersby as it takes shape.”It has been interesting working on Third Street,” David A. Stabley said. “Many people walk by each day, commenting on my progression. Mostly great comments and sometimes I get feedback as to what they see within the image. The Susquehanna River, mountains, pyramids … What is it going to be? All good things to hear. It is nice to make a visual image where everyone sees something different. I believe it makes people think more about what is going on and, hopefully, they have a connection with it or at least a comment.” Stabley, who has been helped by summer students and others who stop “for an hour or two,” will offer a mosaic class in the Spring 2016 semester for interested students. The course will count as an art elective and will include smaller studio projects and a larger-scale installation in Dauphin Hall.

Scholarship Scorecard Reflects Another Tourney Win

David Toms, framed by the gallery at his well-attended tutorial

David Toms, framed by the gallery at his well-attended tutorial

Serendipitous sunshine kisses the day's proceedings.

Serendipitous sunshine kisses the day’s proceedings.

The visiting pro takes his audience from tee ...

The visiting pro takes his audience from tee …

... to green.

… to green.

Showing his stuff within Penn's Woods, lush from recent soaking rains

Showing his stuff within Penn’s Woods, lush from recent soaking rains

David Toms, whose philanthropy runs a close second to his success on the PGA Tour, was the featured pro at Monday’s 29th annual Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Golf Classic at the Williamsport Country Club. Proceeds from the event, which included a morning clinic, are expected to add more than $45,000 to the Penn College Foundation Golf Classic Scholarship when all told. Prize-winners during the tournament were Ed Alberts, Tom Rudy, Matt Haile and Dan Klingerman, closest to the pin on each of four holes; Young Park, individual low net (62); Frank Covelusky, individual low gross (72, including 24 on the last six holes); Peggy Roskowski, Mike and Connie McNamara, and Park, second place in the team event (55, including 18 on the last six holes); and Phil Johnson, Covelusky, Klingerman and Richard Born (55, including 17 on the last six holes).

Dependable Dozen Help New Students Connect to Penn College

Connections

Connections

Twelve student leaders at Pennsylvania College of Technology are serving as orientation assistants this summer, helping to prepare first-year enrollees for the start of fall classes.

Named for the relationships they forge with the college’s newest students and their families, the “Links” provide essential peer-to-peer advice on a variety of topics – and energetically ease their guests’ anxiety through the hurdles of transition – during summerlong Connections sessions.

“Our Links are invaluable to the Connections program. Not only do they provide additional support to the Student Activities Office, they also serve as role models by displaying the responsibility and maturity of an upperclass student,” said Kimberly R. Cassel, student activities director. “Their motivation, enthusiasm and dedication keep Connections running smoothly and make the experience an enjoyable one for incoming students and their families.”

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SMART Money’s on Problem-Solvers at Innovative Summer Camp

A participant checks progress on a 3-D printed elephant toy.

A participant checks progress on a 3-D printed elephant toy.

A member of the business Sirens of Sound explains to mentors a smartphone speaker developed by her company during the Wildcat Den Showcase.

A member of the business Sirens of Sound explains to mentors a smartphone speaker developed by her company during the Wildcat Den Showcase.

Cell phone kickstands and charms were among team Copy, Paste, Print’s products.

Cell phone kickstands and charms were among team Copy, Paste, Print’s products.

A participant shows her team’s solution to a broken camera tripod.

A participant shows her team’s solution to a broken camera tripod.

A team shows off samples of 3-D printed toys, part of its week’s work.

A team shows off samples of 3-D printed toys, part of its week’s work.

Penn College’s annual SMART Girls summer camp attracted 34 high schoolers from across Pennsylvania, some with a strong interest in science, math, engineering or technology, and others just beginning to explore those options. During the four-day camp, the girls used additive manufacturing to solve problems – like creating replacement parts for broken consumer products and designing connectors to build structures out of plastic straws. They also used their newly honed computer-aided design and 3-D printing skills to develop a product line, supported by a business plan, resume and trade-show booth. All were used to pitch “investors,” the camp’s mentors, during the “Wildcat Den Showcase,” a SMART Girls take on television’s “Shark Tank.” SMART Girls – Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies for Girls – was implemented by Penn College to reverse the trend of girls to shy away from math and science courses and the rewarding, family-sustaining careers that use those skills. The camp, which also included career interest assessments and company tours, was facilitated by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office. Mentors were Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing at Penn College; Tom Gill, a science teacher at Central Columbia High School; Christina L. Herman, director of student services and career development for Loyalsock Township School District; and Alice S. Justice, school counselor at Central Columbia Middle School. Camp director was Tanya Berfield, project and data reporting technician in Outreach for K-12.

Five Penn College Students Earn Gold Medals at SkillsUSA Nationals

Penn College's five medal-winners are joined by their faculty mentors and two teammates who also competed at SkillsUSA nationals.

Penn College’s five medal-winners are joined by their faculty mentors and two teammates who also competed at SkillsUSA nationals.

Five students from Pennsylvania College of Technology earned first-place medals during the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Conference, held June 22-26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Bringing home the gold – and bringing to 40 the number of top Penn College winners in national competition over the years – were Matthew R. Harman Jr., of Sellersville, Randall J. Haynes, of Julian, and Ian M. Dorman, of Mill Hall, who competed as a team in the Automated Manufacturing Technology category; Kyle T. Potts, of Colver, Technical Drafting; and Bradley L. Hayden, of Milton, Vermont, Welding. Watch PCToday for more on the students’ success.
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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Campers Channel Creativity to Produce Unique Artwork

Campers show off some of the artwork they created for the storybooks they produced in print and digital formats.

Campers show off some of the artwork they created for the storybooks they produced in print and digital formats.

One of the magical fantasy houses created with clay and natural materials, complete with a swing at right! (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz, manager of The Gallery at Penn College)

One of the magical fantasy houses created with clay and natural materials, complete with a swing at right! (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz, manager of The Gallery at Penn College)

A happy camper rolls out clay in the college ceramics room.

A happy camper rolls out clay in the college ceramics room.

A campus computer room teems with excitement and ingenuity.

A campus computer room teems with excitement and ingenuity.

Campers pose on their final day and show off the masks they created in Photoshop. One of their mentors, Ainsley R. Bennett, a junior in graphic design, can be seen in the second row. (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz)

Campers pose on their final day and show off the masks they created in Photoshop. One of their mentors, Ainsley R. Bennett, a junior in graphic design, can be seen in the second row. (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz)

A four-day Creativity Art Camp, newly added to Penn College’s summer activity schedule, drew 20 participants to main campus this past week. Students entering fourth through sixth grades worked with a variety of artists and media, producing pieces that beautifully blended talent and imagination.

 

College Co-Hosts Recruitment Event for Potential CDL Students

Pamela Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, takes the wheel of the simulator.

Pamela Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, takes the wheel of the simulator.

Friendly greeters (from left) are Jim Patterson, CTS director; Carla Rhone, program support specialist, Shale TEC; and Hadly Ransom, intensive workforce specialist, PA CareerLink Lycoming County.

Friendly greeters (from left) are Jim Patterson, CTS director; Carla Rhone, program support specialist, Shale TEC; and Hadly Ransom, intensive workforce specialist, PA CareerLink Lycoming County.

CTS' simulator, inside a trailer parked outside, awaits Open House attendees.

CTS’ simulator, inside a trailer parked outside, awaits Open House attendees.

Kevin Cromley and Kathy Pentz, local CTS instructors for Penn College CDL classes

Kevin Cromley and Kathy Pentz, local CTS instructors for Penn College CDL classes

A CDL Open House, held Thursday to attract students into Penn College’s Commercial Driver’s License program, was co-hosted at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center by Workforce Development & Continuing Education and the Center for Transportation Safety. CTS brought a simulated rig to the event so that potential students could experience driving a tractor-trailer; a skid steer was also on hand to let participants practice vehicle control. WDCE, which contracts with CTS to provide CDL Class A training at the college’s Energy Technology Education Center site along Route 15 near Allenwood, hopes to add Class B and CDL Refresher Safe Driving courses to its portfolio.
Photos by Pamela Mix and Hadly Ransom

Executive Director Leaving Post at Community Arts Center

Rob Steele

The Community Arts Center’s Board of Directors announced the resignation of Rob Steele, the center’s executive director. He leaves Aug. 1 to accept a new position in Florida, at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts.

The board acknowledged the substantial contributions Steele has made to the Community Arts Center and to the local community. During his tenure, the center has undergone physical improvements, as well as becoming a central feature of the Williamsport community’s commitment to the arts.

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Restoration Major ‘The Big Story’ From The Associated Press

Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, particularly students’ ardent work in returning a vintage Scripps-Booth Model D to roadworthy condition, is featured in an article and video by The Associated Press’ Michael Rubinkam. “Passion is what the hobby desperately needs from young people right now,” he writes. “When Penn College revved up its vintage vehicle restoration major in 2012, it became one of just a handful of degree programs around the country teaching young people how to help refurbish and maintain North America’s fleet of more than 10 million classic cars.”

Orientation Helps Hundreds Form Penn College Attachment

Employees and students staff check-in tables in Dauphin Hall's Capitol Eatery.

Employees and students staff check-in tables in Dauphin Hall’s Capitol Eatery.

Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, is among Connections' invaluable student Links.

Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, is among Connections’ invaluable student Links.

Encouraging incoming students and their families to “share their memories,” Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and first year programs, takes a selfie in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium with a Penn College pennant and an Albert Einstein bobblehead.

Encouraging incoming students and their families to “share their memories,” Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and first year programs, takes a selfie in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium with a Penn College pennant and an Albert Einstein bobblehead.

Connections Links, students ready to assist incoming freshmen, introduce themselves …

Connections Links, students ready to assist incoming freshmen, introduce themselves …

… and musically welcome families to the summer’s first orientation session.

… and musically welcome families to the summer’s first orientation session.

More than 360 new students and their guests are attending Penn College’s first Connections orientation program for the Fall 2015 semester, which began Wednesday morning on main campus. The first of six two-day summer sessions, in which employees and student assistants (called Links) break the ice, shatter misconceptions and bust a few dance moves in apprising first-year enrollees to the full Penn College experience. Two one-day sessions will also be offered for adult learners and transfer students.

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